Japanese Americans Share Their Story with TOMODACHI

July 23, 2014 at 6pm - 9pm

On July 23, Veteran Terry Shima and former internee Mary Murakami (pictured above) presented their stories of being Japanese Americans in the United States during the latter years of World War II with the 2014 cohort of American and Japanese participants of the TOMODACHI U.S.-Japan Youth Exchange program. Mary shared with the students her experience with her family leaving San Francisco and settling in internment camps in California and ultimately in Camp Topaz, Utah. Terry spoke about the accomplishments of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the military service of other Japanese Americans. Participants of the TOMODACHI program asked questions and were moved by the photos and other materials shared by Ms. Murakami from her days in the camps, including her high school diploma. For the students it was their first time to hear about the lives of Japanese-Americans at this particular point in history. In closing, Mr. Shima and Ms. Murakami gave words of encouragement to the students. "I hope you can overcome the barriers you face in life," stated Ms. Murakami. The TOMODACHI students will also visit the Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism in World War II during their time in Washington, D.C.

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